Tupelo High preps for state swim title defense

Lucas Smith wants to see his Tupelo girls and boys teams win today’s MHSAA North Mississippi high school swim meet, but he’s not sure at what cost.
“I want to win and we’re going into it trying to win,” said Tupelo’s coach. “You want to have some attitude going to state.”
However, the Golden Wave might not disclose all of its potential state meet lineup in this weekend’s event at the Courthouse Aquatics Center in Flowood.
“You don’t want to show all your cards,” Smith said.
Tupelo’s girls and boys teams will defend their 2009 state championships next week in Biloxi.
John Servati, who has the best recorded times in the North in the 100-yard freestyle (47.48) and 100 backstroke (53.72) leads the Golden Wave boys. He is also expected to swim in two relays.
“I’m not sure what individual events John will swim at state,” Smith said. “We’ll have to see what’s the best fit for the team.”
Swimmers can compete in two individual events and two relays, or in three relays and one event. The individual event competitors for the state meet have to be set by Monday. The relay lineups can change the day of the race.
Tupelo’s girls and boys relay units – 200 medley, 200 free, 400 free – have the best recorded times.
“Relays are worth double points,” Smith said. “If you don’t have relays you can’t win.”
Tupelo’s girls defend their state title without Hannah Wilson, a Florida State signee. Lacy Russell, a junior, has the North’s best clocking in the 200 freestyle (2:00.38).
“Our girls are young,” Smith said. “We’ll use this meet to see where we need to place some swimmers.”
Also, Chelsie Gray, a seventh grader from Tupelo Christian Prep has the second best time in the girls 100 breaststroke (1:12.51). Starkville’s Laken Vickers has the best (1:11.07).
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